JavaScript template language shootoff

JavaScript performance comparison

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A brief comparison of some JavaScript templating engines on a short template: 6 header tags, and 10 list items.

pure.js optimization

Preparation code

<script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1/jquery.min.js"></script>

<script src="http://documentcloud.github.com/underscore/underscore.js"></script>

<script src="http://github.com/hij1nx/JUP/raw/master/lib/jup.js"></script>

<script src="http://github.com/janl/mustache.js/raw/master/mustache.js"></script>

<script src="https://github.com/downloads/paul/handlebars.js/handlebars.js"></script>

<script src="http://gist.github.com/raw/550881/29bb186167079c0b33ab6e9d50d779f37860cfa4/micro.js"></script>

<script src="http://github.com/creationix/haml-js/raw/master/lib/haml.js"></script>

<script src="http://gist.github.com/raw/550723/12d176698628e30a1df398c7ac7aea93924e1294/jade.js"></script>

<script src="http://jashkenas.github.com/coffee-script/extras/coffee-script.js"></script>
<script src="http://sstephenson.github.com/eco/dist/eco.js"></script>

<script src="http://ajax.microsoft.com/ajax/jquery.templates/beta1/jquery.tmpl.min.js"></script>

<script src="https://github.com/olado/doT/raw/master/doT.js"></script>

<script src="https://github.com/olado/doT/raw/master/doU.js"></script>

<script src="http://github.com/aefxx/jQote2/raw/69b2053a13f5f180e696de9b3dba856a3c00678c/jquery.jqote2.js"></script>

<script src="http://embeddedjavascript.googlecode.com/files/ejs_0.9_alpha_1_production.js"></script>

<script src="http://github.com/pure/pure/raw/master/libs/pure.js"></script>
<div class="pure">
        <h1 class='header'></h1>
        <h2 class='header2'></h2>
        <h3 class='header3'></h3>
        <h4 class='header4'></h4>
        <h5 class='header5'></h5>
        <h6 class='header6'></h6>
        <ul class='list'>
                <li class='item'></li>
        </ul>
</div>

<script src="https://github.com/douglascrockford/JSON-js/raw/master/json2.js"></script>

<script>
(function($)
{

  $.meld = function(template, data, options) {
 var $template = $(template);

 options = options || {};

 if (typeof data === 'string') {
  $template.html(data);
 } else {
  $.each(data, function(key, value) {
   var selector = options.selector(key),
       $sub = $template.filter(selector),
       $container, $item, is_list = false,
       subindex = $template.index($sub);

   if ($sub.length === 0) {
    $sub = $template.find(selector);
   }
   if ($sub.length > 0) {
    if ($.isArray(value)) {
     $container = $('<div/>');
     if ($sub.is('ol, ul')) {
      is_list = true;
      $item = $sub.children('li:first');
      if ($item.length == 0) {
       $item = $('<li/>');
      }
     } else if ($sub.children().length == 1) {
      is_list = true;
      $item = $sub.children(':first').clone();
     } else {
      $item = $sub.clone();
     }
     for (var i = 0; i < value.length; i++) {
      $container.append(meld($item.clone(), value[i], options));
     }
     if (is_list) {
      $sub.html($container.html());
     } else if ($sub[0] == $template[0]) {
      $template = $($container.html());
     } else if (subindex >= 0) {
      var args = [subindex, 1];
      args = args.concat($container.children().get());
      $template.splice.apply($template, args);
     }
    } else if (options.remove_false && value === false) {
     $template.splice(subindex, 1);
    } else if (typeof value === 'object') {
     if ($sub.is(':empty')) {
      $sub.attr(value, true);
     } else {
      $sub.html(meld($sub.html(), value, options));
     }
    } else {
     $sub.html(value.toString());
    }
   } else {
    $template.attr(key, value, true);
   }
  });
 }
 var dom = $template;
 return dom;
};
})(jQuery);
</script>

<script src="https://github.com/raid-ox/interaction.js/raw/master/lib/chain.js"></script>
<script>
  window.mustacheTemplate = "<div><h1 class='header'>{{header}}</h1><h2 class='header2'>{{header2}}</h2><h3 class='header3'>{{header3}}</h3><h4 class='header4'>{{header4}}</h4><h5 class='header5'>{{header5}}</h5><h6 class='header6'>{{header6}}</h6><ul class='list'>{{#list}}<li class='item'>{{.}}</li>{{/list}}</ul></div>";
 
  window.handlebarsTemplate = Handlebars.compile("<div><h1 class='header'>{{header}}</h1><h2 class='header2'>{{header2}}</h2><h3 class='header3'>{{header3}}</h3><h4 class='header4'>{{header4}}</h4><h5 class='header5'>{{header5}}</h5><h6 class='header6'>{{header6}}</h6><ul class='list'>{{#each list}}<li class='item'>{{this}}</li>{{/each}}</ul></div>");
 
  window.micro = "<div><h1 class='header'><%= header %></h1><h2 class='header2'><%= header2 %></h2><h3 class='header3'><%= header3 %></h3><h4 class='header4'><%= header4 %></h4><h5 class='header5'><%= header5 %></h5><h6 class='header6'><%= header6 %></h6><ul class='list'><% for (var i = 0, l = list.length; i < l; i++) { %><li class='item'><%= list[i] %></li><% } %></ul></div>";
 
  window.underscoreTemplate = _.template(micro);
 
  window.resigTemplate = tmpl(micro);
 
  window.sharedVariables = {
   header: "Header",
   header2: "Header2",
   header3: "Header3",
   header4: "Header4",
   header5: "Header5",
   header6: "Header6",
   list: ['1', '2', '3', '4', '5', '6', '7', '8', '9', '10']
  };
 
  window.jupTemplate = ['div', ['h1',
  {
   'class': 'header'
  }, "{{header}}"],
   ['h2',
   {
    'class': 'header2'
   }, "{{header2}}"],
   ['h3',
   {
    'class': 'header3'
   }, "{{header3}}"],
   ['h4',
   {
    'class': 'header4'
   }, "{{header4}}"],
   ['h5',
   {
    'class': 'header5'
   }, "{{header5}}"],
   ['h6',
   {
    'class': 'header6'
   }, "{{header6}}"],
   ['ul',
   {
    'class': 'list'
   }, ['li',
   {
    'class': 'item'
   }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item'
    }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item'
    }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item'
    }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item'
    }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item'
    }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item'
    }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item'
    }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item'
    }, '{{list}}'],
    ['li',
    {
     'class': 'item}'
    }, '{{list}}']
   ]
  ];
 
  window.jadeTemplate = "div\n  h1.header!= header\n  h2.header2!= header2\n  h3.header3!= header3\n  h4.header4!= header4\n  h5.header5!= header5\n  h6.header6!= header6\n  ul.list\n    - each item in list\n      li.item!= item";
 
  window.hamlTemplate = Haml("%div\n  %h1.header= header\n  %h2.header2= header2\n  %h3.header3= header3\n  %h4.header4= header4\n  %h5.header5= header5\n  %h6.header6= header6\n  %ul.list\n    :each item in list\n      %li.item= item");
 
  window.ecoTemplate = eco("<div><h1 class='header'><%- @header %></h1><h2 class='header2'><%- @header2 %></h2><h3 class='header3'><%- @header3 %></h3><h4 class='header4'><%- @header4 %></h4><h5 class='header5'><%- @header5 %></h5><h6 class='header6'><%- @header6 %></h6><ul class='list'><% for item in @list: %><li class='item'><%- item %></li><% end %></ul></div>");
 
  window.jQueryTemplate = $.template(null, "<div><h1 class='header'>${header}</h1><h2 class='header2'>${header2}</h2><h3 class='header3'>${header3}</h3><h4 class='header4'>${header4}</h4><h5 class='header5'>${header5}</h5><h6 class='header6'>${header6}</h6><ul class='list'>{{each list}}<li class='item'>${$value}</li>{{/each}}</ul></div>");
 
  window.doTtemplate = doT.template("<div><h1 class='header'>{{= it.header }}</h1><h2 class='header2'>{{= it.header2 }}</h2><h3 class='header3'>{{= it.header3 }}</h3><h4 class='header4'>{{= it.header4 }}</h4><h5 class='header5'>{{= it.header5 }}</h5><h6 class='header6'>{{= it.header6 }}</h6><ul class='list'>{{ for (var i = 0, l = it.list.length; i < l; i++) { }}<li class='item'>{{= it.list[i] }}</li>{{ } }}</ul></div>");
 
  window.doUtemplate = doU.template("<div><h1 class='header'>{{= it.header }}</h1><h2 class='header2'>{{= it.header2 }}</h2><h3 class='header3'>{{= it.header3 }}</h3><h4 class='header4'>{{= it.header4 }}</h4><h5 class='header5'>{{= it.header5 }}</h5><h6 class='header6'>{{= it.header6 }}</h6><ul class='list'>{{ for (var i = 0, l = it.list.length; i < l; i++) { }}<li class='item'>{{= it.list[i] }}</li>{{ } }}</ul></div>");
 
  window.jqote_tmpl = "<div><h1 class='header'><%= this.header %></h1><h2 class='header2'><%= this.header2 %></h2><h3 class='header3'><%= this.header3 %></h3><h4 class='header4'><%= this.header4 %></h4><h5 class='header5'><%= this.header5 %></h5><h6 class='header6'><%= this.header6 %></h6><ul class='list'><% for (var n = 0, l = this.list.length; n < l; n++) { %><li class='item'><%= this.list[n] %></li><% } %></ul></div>";
 
  window.jqote2 = $.jqotec(jqote_tmpl);
 
  window.ejs = new EJS({
   text: micro
  });
 
  window.baseHtml = "<div><h1 class='header'></h1><h2 class='header2'></h2><h3 class='header3'></h3><h4 class='header4'></h4><h5 class='header5'></h5><h6 class='header6'></h6><ul class='list'><li class='item'></li></ul></div>";
 
  window.pureTemplate = $p('div.pure').compile({
   h1: 'header',
   h2: 'header2',
   h3: 'header3',
   h4: 'header4',
   h5: 'header5',
   h6: 'header6',
   li: {
    'itm<-list': {
     '.': 'itm'
    }
   }
  });
 
  window.meldVariables = JSON.stringify(sharedVariables);
 
  window.chainData = {
   header: sharedVariables.header,
   header2: sharedVariables.header2,
   header3: sharedVariables.header3,
   header4: sharedVariables.header4,
   header5: sharedVariables.header5,
   header6: sharedVariables.header6
  };
 
  window.chainList = [{
   item: '1'
  },
  {
   item: '2'
  },
  {
   item: '3'
  },
  {
   item: '4'
  },
  {
   item: '5'
  },
  {
   item: '6'
  },
  {
   item: '7'
  },
  {
   item: '8'
  },
  {
   item: '9'
  },
  {
   item: '10'
  }];
</script>

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Mustache.js Template
Mustache.to_html(mustacheTemplate, sharedVariables);
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Resig Micro-Templating.
resigTemplate(sharedVariables);
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Creationix's Haml-js Template
hamlTemplate(sharedVariables);
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Jade Template
jade.render(jadeTemplate, {
 locals: sharedVariables,
 filename: 'test.js',
 cache: true
});
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JUP Template
JUP.html([sharedVariables], jupTemplate);
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Underscore.js Template
underscoreTemplate(sharedVariables);
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Eco Template
ecoTemplate(sharedVariables);
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jQuery Templates
$.tmpl(jQueryTemplate, sharedVariables);
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Handlebars.js
handlebarsTemplate(sharedVariables);
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doT.js
doTtemplate(sharedVariables);
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doU.js
doUtemplate(sharedVariables);
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jQote2 direct
jqote2.call(sharedVariables, 0, 0, [sharedVariables], jqote2);
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ejs
ejs.render(sharedVariables);
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Pure
pureTemplate(sharedVariables);
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Meld
$.meld(baseHtml, meldVariables);
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chain.js
$(baseHtml).item(chainData).items(chainList).chain();
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